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Study: Broadcast regulation should focus on harm protection

A study of audiences’ expectations in the digital world reveals broad support for broadcasting rules, which ensure audiences are protected while freedom of expression is upheld. And the research, commissioned…

GoGo hits SmartSky over IFC patents

In-Flight Communications supplier GoGo Business Aviation is challenging rival SmartSky Networks over one of SmartSky’s patents. GoGo has submitted a petition to the US Patents & Trademark Office for a…

France Télévisions demands Canal+ FTA compensation

France Télévisions demands Canal+ FTA compensation

Public service broadcaster France Télévisions has written to pay-TV operator Canal+ demading financial compensation after the group decided to unencrypt its pay-TV channels on all French set-top-boxes over the last…

OneWeb updates Court on bankruptcy plan

OneWeb updates Court on bankruptcy plan

OneWeb’s lawyers told a New York bankruptcy court (by telephone) on March 31st that it is looking to sell its international satellite spectrum licences within the next three months. The…

BBC licence fee replaced by broadband levy?

The BBC has indicated that its licence fee could be replaced by a monthly levy on broadband connections, in response to the UK government’s proposals to decriminalise non-payment of the…

Spain’s €15m aid to private TV

The recent UTECA’s demand for financial aid to mitigate the drastic TV ad fall in Spain has been met by the Administration approving a €15 million lifeline to help them.…

FCC proposes ATSC 3.0 rule-change boost

FCC proposes ATSC 3.0 rule-change boost

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed technical rule changes to facilitate the use of the US’s next generation television broadcast standard,…

Canal+ suspends football payments

Canal+ suspends football payments

French pay-TV broadcaster Canal Plus has suspended its payments for French Ligue 1 top-flight football. Canal+ has informed the French Professional Football League (LFP) that it is suspending the payment…

EFF joins Locast defence team

Digital civil liberties advocacy body the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined the legal team defending Sports Fans Coalition NY (SFCNY), the non-profit organisation that runs Locast, a free, local…

UK altnets support comms users protection

UK altnets support comms users protection

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA) – a co-operative trade association for next generation broadband services – has expressed its support for the measures announced by the UK government in…

UK telcos’ ‘Stay Connected’ message

UK telcos’ ‘Stay Connected’ message

The UK’s telecoms providers have joined together to highlight the essential work tens of thousands of dedicated staff are carrying out to ensure the country stays connected during the coronavirus…

UK MPs to consider PSB future

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK’s House of Commons has launched an inquiry which will consider the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) in a digital…

Free over-70s DAB radio initiative

Free over-70s DAB radio initiative

BBC local radio is teaming up with manufacturers, retailers and a loneliness charity to offer free DAB radios to the most vulnerable people aged over 70. It comes as millions…

CableLabs publishes DOCSIS 4.0 spec

CableLabs publishes DOCSIS 4.0 spec

CableLabs, the innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry, has released a new specification which it says is set to improve data delivery speeds and is a stepping stone…

Croatia postpones DVB-T2/HEVC switchover

Croatia has postponed the deadline for the ending of DVB-T/MPEG-2 broadcasting and for the complete transition to DVB-T2/HEVC for at least 6 months. The decision, announced by the Croatian Regulatory…

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